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Personal Assistant - Part Time
San Francisco, California
CTH or Direct Hire Position
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Applied on October 1, 2020
Job Id #43322 Posted September 22, 2020

Objective: to maximize my effectiveness (at everything I do) by finding ways to save me time and energy and anticipating and addressing my needs.

Examples include taking tasks off my plate, anticipating and addressing scheduling/calendar issues, pre-drafting emails/msgs for me, finding clever ways to restructure my life/workflows, and continually tidying up or “processing” as much of my digital life as possible to free up my attention.

Approach: begin by working together part-time, progressively deepening the work to build trust, and ultimately becoming my "right-hand" person. It doesn't have to be a permanent position but intended to become longterm (ie at least a few years) where if either of us decides to wind down working together, we give each other a sufficient "sunset" time window to ensure a smooth transition.

I’m looking for someone whom I can
Deeply trust
Communicate with
Expect to ask me clarifying questions
Expect to be insanely reliable+punctual
Expect to never drop a single ball
Not worry about double-checking work
Not worry about “getting hacked”, leaking private info
Easily give input/feedback
Quickly get into “autopilot” with (requires minimal direction)

Min 10hr/wk dedicated to me (to start)
With min 1hr/weekday available to me for urgent tasks (as necessary)
Willing and (likely) able to scale up to 20-40hr/wk (within 1yr)
Capable of handling things before/after I’m awake (as necessary)

Using all "standard" digital tools
Quickly discovering+learning new best tools
Articulately and convincingly suggest better workflows/tools/etc
Spotting any mistakes/errors I might make (eg in emails)
Delegation to other assistants/contractors + managing them efficiently
Continually capturing and updating my preferences+info
Composing emails/messages as if it were me (eventually)
Operating “behind the scenes” (ex: email as me rather than for me)
Operating “behind the scenes” (ex: email as me rather than for me)

Some big things that drain my energy:
Coordinating, scheduling, planning
Separating out junk/spam emails
Getting distracted by notifications/messages
Having to keep track of things/tasks/reminders
Feeling rushed or behind on things
Poor/disrupted sleep

Some big areas to save me time
Organize my emails (ie unsubscribe junk, maintain filters/folders)
Check and process my virtual mailbox
Reply to straightforward email as me (ex: scheduling)
Compose reply email drafts (ie using best judgement)
Time Management
Organize/groom my calendar (ie color code, keep buffers, maintain limits)
Scheduling regular things (haircuts, doc appt, dentist, flu shot, …
Scheduling one-off things (meetings, dinners, events, vaccines, …
Anticipate and bring to my attention any scheduling issues/conflicts
Task Management
Organize and maintain my task management system
Organize and maintain my “capture list” system
Summarize my news sources
Create summaries for faster consumption of messages/requests/task
Knowing of and keeping on top of any govt-related forms/etc
Handling personal accounting, taxes, and related
Sell things on craigslist/etc for me
Handling visas, NDAs, vehicle registrations, etc
Researching travel plan options, booking flights/hotels/etc
Researching short/long term live/work arrangements
Researching products/services I want to consider using/upgrading in my life
Answer random research questions, look into data/info/sources
Personal Responsibilities
Take the lead on tackling various personal items
Ex: health insurance, appointments, research
Ex: home projects, coordinate contractors
Ex: get devices or other things fixed
Ex: handle car purchase, insurance, maintenance
Ex: manage AirBnB listings, coordinate guests+cleaners
Coordination and/or running process for side projects (ex: digital book club)
Finding automation/reduction points
Research new tools/services that we can cleanly delegate workflows to
Brainstorm ways to restructure existing tools/workflows for greater efficiency/ease
Dream up ideas of ways to generally do more with less; pitch them to me
Some Tools I Typically Use
GMail, Google Apps Suite
Evernote, Notion, Trello
Word/Excel/etc, iWork tools (sometimes
Asana, Reminder, HourStack
iMessage, WhatsApps, WeChat, Messenger, (and many more)
Note: I invite you to recommend better tools (ex: Asana is a PIA…)
Core Agreements
Communication: Must be willing and able to reply to all communications within 24 hours over various communication channels (ex: texts, email, Slack, Asana) at all "online" times for you that we agree upon, thus also being explicit together about schedule for "offline" (ex: vacation, sleep/rest).
Seamless Transition: Must be willing and able to commit to hiring and training up their replacement (of at least their caliber) if/when either of us may decide to stop working together for any reason. This is likely to mean at least a 30-60 day transition period. I’m willing and able to commit to doing the same for them in return, to give time not only give them the same time period if I want need to stop working together but also to fully support them in finding their next thing however I can (ex: intros and recommendations).
Conflict Resolution: Agree upfront on the process by which we resolve any disputes or conflicts, if/when they arise. Equally, if not more importantly, we both must agree to always treat each other with the utmost respect, compassion, and integrity — which if always followed in good faith should prevent any conflicts needing any extra particular attention to resolve.
Other Notes:
- I have an apartment in San Francisco that I would like to set up to be rented in AirBnB and then fully handled by the core assistant with the only interface being the dates that I plan to be there vs not
- I have a new "local assistant” in San Francisco who’s capable of a fairly wide range of things including cleaning, laundry, fixing household things, building furniture, doing online returns, purchasing from local stores, and so forth
- It’s my strong preference (not a deal breaker) that this core assistant resides within this United States (so that we’re both operating under the same laws and legal structure)

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